Our State Book Club

Our State is happy to announce the launch of the Our State Book Club with Wiley Cash! Each month, New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will handpick contemporary books by fellow North Carolinian authors and those writing books set in the state, encouraging readers to join in the fun. Wiley will review each book in both the print and digital versions of the magazine and will also produce two podcast episodes that highlight the selected book and author.



April’s Book Selection

Charles Frazier’s most recent novel, The Trackers, is noir fiction at its finest. In 1937, the government commissions our protagonist, Val, to paint a post office mural in a small Wyoming town. There, he bunks at a ranch that’s owned by a wealthy political neophyte and World War I sharpshooter named John Long, whose much younger wife, Eve, was once a singer in a cowboy band. Not long after Val arrives, Eve flies the coop with a small Renoir painting from Long’s extensive art collection. Not wanting to involve the authorities, Long enlists Val to hit the road in search of Eve and his priceless piece of art.

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Our State Book Club with Wiley Cash Podcast

Join The New York Times best-selling author and North Carolina native Wiley Cash as he highlights great writers across the state and their work each month. Listen in on conversations between Cash and his author friends as they discuss how North Carolina inspires them on the Our State Book Club podcast.

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Our State Book Club Events

Our State Book Club with Wiley Cash Launch Event

Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m.
The Barn at Fearrington Village, Pittsboro


An Evening with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Monday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Silver Coast Winery, Ocean Isle Beach


Book Reviews

Have you already finished this month’s book and need other recommendations? Check out these titles!

Through the Snow Globe by Annie Rains

Through the Snow Globe

When a woman encounters a magical snow globe in her small North Carolina town, she’s given the opportunity to face her past and learn to appreciate her present.

Appalachia on the Table

What is Appalachian cuisine? After finding her grandmother’s cookbook, an author combs through the region’s culinary history to find the answer.

Now You Know It All

They aren’t heroes or villains, saints or sinners. The women of each short story in this new collection are complex, with secrets and desires much larger than the North Carolina towns in which they live.

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